On January 27, 2011 Eric Merkley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. An aggressive cancer that we hope and the doctors to this point seem confident that is contained to one spot on his leg. Prognosis is good. Treatments and recovery will be long and painful.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Eric will be speaking in Sacrament meeting July 15 at 11:00 at the Chapel on
 259 E Alpine Dr. 
 Elk Ridge UT 84651. 
As he is preparing to go to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on Wednesday July 18, he is working hard to finish up all the loose ends.  Today is his last day of working for the almighty dollar.  Eric is actually excited not to have to deal with the digital projector "hick-ups".  We have given him a hard time saying that everything happens on "his" shift.  I think those awful forces are just trying to discourage him.  But as he gets closer to leaving, this peace has come over him. 
There are just a few items he still needs to do before entering into the MTC, like getting his last immunization that the Doctors office either gave the shot and did not record or overlooked the 3rd shot. (this is his family doctors office, not PCMC) He needs to have a follow up blood draw, he needs to extend his drivers license, pack up the items he is leaving behind, (then proceed to hide it in a secure place from all the scavengers, like his brother who is planning on going through his clothes)  pack his bags for the MTC AND clean the basement aka "his man cave".  Not to much, right?
Dr Spraker has  been in contact with a doctor at the Pediatric Oncology hospital in Sacramento.  She will coordinate scans and check ups every 4 months with this doctor in California.  This hospital is part of the oncology group that PCMC participates in.  So it is very comforting that the hospital follows the same protocol as PCMC. 
Bottom line is I think everything is falling into place and as hard as it is to admit, he is almost ready to go....As for me?  I know that as he gets set apart as a missionary, I will be turning my sweet boy over to the loving arms of our Heavenly Fathers care and I know that he will be watched over.  That is a comfort to me. 
I have been asked several times if I intend to continue to update this blog as Eric is in Sacramento.  And the answer is Yes!  I will do my best to relate how he is doing and update you on more "Eric" stories, including the spiritual experiences he is having. 
I was joking with him and told him that I would copy the blog and send him the updates so he knows what is going on his life.  His response is "Please do!"

Hopefully you will join us for Sacrament meeting Sunday.  I will post at a later date his mailing addresses.  As with all missionaries, they come to love the mailbox, I am sure Eric will also.  More to come!
Thank you for loving my boy.

1 comment:

  1. So exciting for all these boys leaving. It will be fun to follow all of them on their missions! Best of luck to Eric and you mom! It is a wonderful time for us moms too!!!!